Trooper identified in shooting that left one man dead in Selawik

Published: Aug. 19, 2021 at 3:46 PM AKDT|Updated: Aug. 22, 2021 at 9:57 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Alaska State Troopers have related the name of the trooper who fired their weapon at a man in the community of Selawik.

AST says Trooper Joshua Rallo fired his service weapon at 26-year-old Selawik resident Douglas Brown Jr., who troopers say was armed at the time.

Rallo is a 16-year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers.

According to an online dispatch report, troopers responded to a home in Selawik, in the Northwest Arctic Borough, for what was reported as a “burglary and theft involving a firearm” around 5:20 a.m. on Aug. 19.

Once on scene, Rallo started to look for the people involved and eventually found two men. According to the dispatch, Brown was armed with a shotgun.

The dispatch states Rallo, who was investigating “perceived a threat,” and discharged his pistol, fatally shooting Brown.

According to troopers, Brown had several active warrants for his arrest — one for first-degree burglary with a firearm, second-and first-degree theft and criminal mischief from Aug. 7, another warrant for third-and fourth-degree assault from Aug. 17, and a no-bail warrant for a probation violation from July.

Rallo was not injured, according to the dispatch. Brown’s body will be taken Alaska State Medical Examiner.

Investigators from the Alaska Bureau of Investigation will be handling the case moving forward. Once the investigation is complete, findings will be forwarded to the Alaska Department of Law’s Office of Special Prosecutions for review.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with new information from Alaska State Troopers.

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